How to Create the Warrior Feeling

the history of systma

Or Special Methods Of Russian Relaxation

When you work with the Russian masters, they give you a certain feeling, of ease, of relaxation, of softness and of confidence, which if you hold and remember that feeling, your work for some time after is changed, and you do things you couldn’t do before.

Many of us go to seminars and camps and Canada and Russia for Systema. When we get home that feeling of relaxation and power lasts for a while, but after that while has past – we usually lose some of it.

Part of the Systema knowledge is learning how to first create that feeling for yourself and secondly to pass it on to others. Of course when our skill improves- any exercise we do gives us that special combination of relaxation and power.

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Systema Principles of the Russian System


If someone had told me a few years ago that out of a western Christian tradition would come a martial art as deep, sophisticated and evolved as the best of the oriental arts I would not have believed them. Yet there is such an art coming out of the ancient Russian culture with deep roots in the Russian Orthodox monasteries.

At its root in the present day is an exceptional man, Mikhail Ryabko. Trained by one of Stalin’s Falcons from the age of five and beginning his operational career in the Russian Spetsnaz (Special Forces) at the age of 15, Mikhail Ryabko was not only given the secrets of this ancient art, he was put in the position of repeatedly applying both the art and its principles in life and death combat on, what for much of his early life, was a day-to-day basis. This System, taught by Mikhail Ryabko, is not a shadow of what once was, it is a living practical art that even now is being applied by warriors in combat.

Lets take a more deep look at some Systema Principles.

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How to Punch ( Dynamics of Ballistic Striking )


Typically, when you are taught to punch, how to punch, you are taught to punch ‘through’ the target and to some extent this is true, as you don’t want to stop the energy before you hit the destination.

However, when you understand the principles of striking, you can learn to literally ‘dump’ the energy into the target at your will and to cause any number of effects, this is the correct way how to punch!

A Ballistic Strike should stop your opponent in his tracks – the energy should not propel him or her forward, but drop them on the spot. They should literally fall in a heap as the energy stays in the body and is not projected through as in most Martial Arts systems.

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The Principles of Movement

The Principles of Movement

The issue of relaxation is often misunderstood within Systema classes. 

It is not a case that the students should be floppy though I have known this to be a stage that some travel through in their search for relaxed movement. 

Relaxation is achieved when only the muscles needed to support the body’s structure or perform a movement are used. 

Unnecessary tension in the antagonistic muscles is at a minimum so that the muscles that tense to create the body’s movements do so against minimum resistance and therefore with the least energy expenditure possible.

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Russian Martial Arts expert Val Riazanov shows us some striking techniques!

striking techniques

In this clip I am talking about a punch I believe is super effective.

This is sort of a sneaky underneath punch. People don’t typically see below the chest area.

When you are standing in front of someone, say like in a possible bar altercation. And that person is getting in your face and mouthing off. Instead of winding up, which is basically telling that person you are fixing to throw a punch, you can hit em where is hurts, under the radar. They will be filling extreme uncomforted before they know what hit em.

This is a great striking techniques for landing on the solar plexus and floating rib area. I have used this before many of times and it does work!

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MMA Legend Fedor Emelianenko’s throws some mean Ballistic Strikes !!!

MMA Legend Fedor Emelianenko

This is an article posted by Jason “The Dragon” Ryuichi I wanted to share with you guys!

Singaporean MMA Fighter Training In China

Training hard to prove the worth of Wing Chun and Hung Gar based fighting in the MMA. If Mohd Radeem is the first pro Singaporean MMA fighter, I am the first pro Singaporean MMA fighter to represent Singapore in bringing my art overseas.

Incorporating Val Riazanov’s Ballistic Striking Method…

I chanced upon Val Riazanov’s Ballistic Strike (Systema) videos on youtube and it really shocked me. Can punches so relaxed and slow have so much power? Instead of brushing it off as bullshit like most people would, I asked myself, What if its true? The kind of power would have tremendous use in my fighting method. Imagine all my punches turning ballistic!
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Knife Defense Training, The Dangers of Knives with Val Riazanov Part 3

knife defense training

Not to put too fine of a point on it, but fighting is stupid. And the very idea of “knife fighting” goes beyond stupid and lands in macho, moronic fantasy. And don’t even get me started on what I think about successfully “fighting” empty handed against a knifer. It is simple common sense that a knife is dangerous. Yet, every year thousands upon thousand of people go to seminars and schools and are taught both knife “fighting” and how to fight barehanded against a knife! And they *believe* this BS!

Our definition of “fighting” may not be the same as yours. We define it as: Standing there and attempting to contest on equal or near equal terms over a drawn out period of time. Now whether this means the advantage is yours or his depends on the situation, however, what is important is that the advantage is not overwhelming. This lack of significant advantage is what causes the contest to be drawn out over time.

If the advantage is overwhelming it isn’t going to be a fight, it is going to be a slaughter.

Watch this video from Val Riaznaov, and see how his Knife Defense Training dvd is a must have!

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Knife Defense Training, The Dangers of Knives with Val Riazanov Part 2

Ballistic Street Defense Knife Defense

Contrary to most knife programs, Vals Knife Defense Training address’ the realistic situations students are likely to face. The course introduces simple, effective movements that re easy to learn, court defensible and work well under stress.

If you think that knife attacks look anything like those typically seen in martial arts classes—you can be dead wrong.

Real attacks, by people who are familiar with a knife’s properties and true potential, are a blur of short, noncommitted stabs and cuts that are practically impossible to stop.

An attacker, with any idea of what he or she is doing, will overwhelm you with a hail of cuts that will start at the nearest body part and end in a vital target. Within a second you may lose your fingers, have severed tendons of your arms, and be finished with a stab to your eye, or throat, or trunk.

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Knife Defense Training, The Dangers of Knives with Val Riazanov Part 1

knife defense training

This video series will walk you through the basics of Knife Defense Training.

The problem: The Knife Defense Training you’ve been taught doesn’t work against REAL violence today because…

You ASSUME That Menacing Thug Waving His 6″Knife In Your Face Is ‘Fighting’ You… But… He’s NOT! He’s not ‘fighting’ you … he’s looking to dominate you… to get whatever he wants. And he’s got no problem snuffing out your life to get it because you mean nothing to him! He’s more ruthless than any generation of criminals before, and willing to use force and violence on a whim. Today he’ll kill for no reason at all.
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How to absorb a punch!

Advanced Ballistic Strikes

Here I show you how to absorb a punch, the right way, using your body weight and balance. Keep in mind that you will still get hit, and that contact will be made. However the amount of contact will be limited.

You cannot effectively learn how to absorb strikes with self-punching. First, the biomechanics for generically striking your own body are not possible. Second and more importantly, your psyche is too involved in the process of giving and receiving. Consequently, the exercise is not honest. Self-striking with empty hands and select weapons does have interesting legitimate benefits, but again, this subject is for a different thread.

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